Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that New York Rangers prospect Ty Ronning of the Vancouver Giants is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 4, 2018 scoring five goals and two assists for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.
Ronning, who was selected in the seventh-round, 201st overall, by the Rangers in the 2016 NHL Draft, delivered a trio of multi-point performances last week. His performance helped the Giants win all three games to improve their record to 28-16-5-3 in the Western Hockey League’s B.C. Division standings.
Opening the week with two home games against the Calgary Hitmen, Ronning scored twice with an assist in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory then scored another two goals including the game-winner on Friday, earning first star honours in the 4-2 win. On Saturday he produced another first-star effort, scoring once and assisting on the game-winner to reach the 200-point milestone for his career in a 5-4 triumph over the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Giants sit just four points back of the Kelowna Rockets and Victoria Royals who are tied for the division lead.
A 20-year-old, 5-foot-9, 172-pound forward from Burnaby, BC, Ronning is playing in his fifth season with the Giants, who chose him in the first round, 15th overall, of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. He currently ranks second in the WHL with 47 goals through 52 games, a new career-high for the forward. Ronning is now just one goal shy of Evander Kane’s single season record of 48 goals and ranks third on the club’s all-time list with 113 in 267 games played.
The Giants will have a chance to pull themselves closer to the top of the division on Wednesday, February 7 (7:05 p.m. PST) as they travel to the Okanagan to take on the Kelowna Rockets.
Also considered for the award this week was 2018 NHL Draft prospect Joe Veleno of the Drummondville Voltigeurs with one goal and six assists for seven points in three games, and Kenny Huether of the Oshawa Generals who scored three goals with four assists for seven points in three games.
2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Ty Ronning (Vancouver Giants)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Taylor Raddysh (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: Ivan Kosorenkov (Victoriaville Tigres)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Alex Barré-Boulet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Cody Glass (Portland Winterhawks)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Cliff Pu (London Knights)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Aleksi Heponiemi (Swift Current Broncos)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Albert Michnac (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Aaron Luchuk (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Drake Batherson (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Tyler Soy (Victoria Royals)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets)
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.